Rescued from Abuse

The human strives to achieve and maintain the highest status possible with peers under existing circumstances. In this age, one way this is accomplished is to claim to have rescued someone or something from an abusive relationship. For instance, instead of the average person saying she adopted a dog for companionship, she now usually claims to have rescued an abused dog. Yet, when asked about the abuse the dog was suspected of being subjected to, she will generally say that she didn’t witness the abuse first hand, but rather infers abuse based on observation of the dog’s behavior. However, the symptoms supposed as proof of abuse vary so drastically that nearly any behavior can be construed as “proof.”

For example, the same behavior a feral animal commonly displays is offered as “proof” of abuse. Yet, a feral animal is merely untamed–not suffering from symptoms of mistreatment (abuse). However, the term “abuse” is often given such vague and incongruous meaning that what one person considers abuse may not necessarily be considered abuse by another. That is, the dog that hasn’t been tamed by the owner could be considered “abused” (in the sense of neglect) by someone somewhere, even though the owner never treated the animal cruelly or inhumanely.

When we accept the fact that behavior of the hurricane, the sun, or of a biological organism is the consequence of a vast network of previous factors, this doesn’t mean that we can never be mistaken in regard to the contributing causes and effects. And it doesn’t mean we can ever know all the factors involved in the outcome of specific behavior. Some factors are so numerous and subtle that we may never be 100 percent accurate in predicting the behavior of hurricanes. The same can be said about the behavior of biological organisms.

We the People must admit and learn to accept the causal nature of all phenomena, including the behavior of living organisms. And we must strive to overcome preconceived notions and prejudices—especially those prevalent concerning human behavior. And we must guard ourselves against illusion when attempting to trace back the network of causality leading up to a particular event—especially considering the fact that our daily experience, from which our perception develops, is strongly influenced by the experience of movies, novels, and talk-shows, which are often themselves totally saturated with illusions.

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